d-Wise and Salient HHS Partnership Introduces ACO Advance for Accountable Care Organizations

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Joint offering enables ACOs to keep costs below benchmarks and qualify for millions in shared savings

ACO Advance is the SaaS combination of d-Wise’s proven expertise with healthcare systems, processes and data, and Salient’s ACO Minder visual analytics platform.

d-Wise Inc., a leading healthcare technology solution provider, and Salient HHS, a leading provider of healthcare management solutions, announced today the availability of a powerful turnkey information-delivery and analytics platform for ACO performance management and reporting.

ACO Advance powered by Salient’s ACO Minder® is a SaaS offering that combines d-Wise’s deep healthcare and technology domain expertise with the power of Salient’s hosted visual analytics platform, ACO Minder.

With this new offering, ACOs will be able to apply sophisticated analytics to their healthcare data to maximize the savings incentives offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). At this critical juncture in healthcare reform, the opportunity and need to manage population health, gain visibility on outcomes and risk and control costs has never been greater.

In January, the Obama administration announced a dramatic plan to accelerate payment reform under Medicare, by moving away from the fee-for-service model towards a pay-for-performance model, and a pledge to tie 50 percent of incentive payments to quality outcomes by 2016. It’s critical that ACO’s leverage both healthcare-focused technology and deep subject matter expertise if they are to execute successfully on this mandate. d-Wise and Salient are addressing this reform initiative with a unique, SaaS offering that blends Salient’s user-friendly ACO Minder visual analytics platform with d-Wise’s deep healthcare data science and consulting expertise, and both companies’ proven assessment and implementation capabilities.

“ACO Minder® combined with d-Wise’s expertise represents an ideal solution for emerging ACOs with complex operations,” said Fahad Rahman, Salient HHS’s Vice President of Healthcare. "We’re very excited to enter 2015 with d-Wise to deliver this unique solution to the new frontier of Accountable Care. Salient has provided groundbreaking performance management solutions for global businesses and large healthcare organizations for almost 30 years. Now, our proven data visualization technology is available specifically to assist ACOs to meet their data analytics needs. ACO Minder’s strong suit is high-performance analytics in a non-technical, user-friendly way to assist ACOs in enhancing patient care delivery in a financially sound and rewarding way."

"ACO Advance is the SaaS combination of d-Wise’s proven expertise with healthcare systems, processes and data, and Salient’s ACO Minder visual analytics platform. We believe this combination will provide the most valuable solution in the industry,” said Joe Randazzo, d-Wise Vice President of Healthcare. “The potential of this strategic partnership is very exciting.”

This solution supports ACOs in achieving the Triple Aim for patient populations and empowers ACO administrators and Providers to track, aggregate and monitor provider-specific quality measures, key financial metrics and then risk adjust their populations according to the CMS-HCC methodology. Designed for use at every level of an organization, the managed services solution provides clinicians and care managers with data views and drill down capabilities that help coordinate patient care, identify system or provider level intervention opportunities and ultimately realize better outcomes for patients.

d-Wise and Salient will be hosting a free webinar, Applying Analytics at ACOs: Delivering Better Care and Keeping Your Share of the Medicare Savings on March 19th. Craigan L. Gray, MD, MBA, JD, Salient’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will provide his unique perspective on the state of ACO market built from his many years as a physician, both in private practice and provider administration and as the Former Director of North Carolina Medicaid Program—2009-2012. There will also be a high-level demonstration of ACO Advance powered by Salient’s ACO Minder that will demonstrate how ACOs can apply this powerful analytical software to be profitable, as they lead the way in CMS’ incentive programs. Register

Both companies will also be exhibiting at the upcoming National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) event in Baltimore, April 1-2.

About Salient HHS (http://salienthhs.com)
Salient Management Company provides advanced visual data mining and enterprise analytics systems for a broad range of data intensive programs and organizations in CPG, Retail, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Public Sector and Education industries. Founded in 1986, Salient today serves more than 115,000 users in 61 countries.

Salient’s technology includes a proprietary ultra-high-speed in-memory analytical data mart; powerful, intuitive visual data mining tools; and an integrated collaboration component that merges unstructured “soft” intelligence with structured data in context.

Salient HHS is the division of Salient Management Company responsible for the development and implementation of applications utilizing Salient’s technology platform for the healthcare, human services, and related public sector vertical markets. Salient has provided technology and applications for healthcare data analysis since 2005. The company’s staff includes application consultants experienced in healthcare data structures and formats; data analysts with deep familiarity with the healthcare payer programs and the use of healthcare data to improve program efficiency and effectiveness; and business consultants with years of experience in health and human services programs—including our Chief Medical Officer, a former state Medicaid director—who serve as trusted advisors to our clients in the implementation and use of Salient performance management solutions to transform the delivery of healthcare and human services.

About d-Wise (http://www.d-wise.com)
d-Wise is a technology leader with the expertise to empower healthcare organizations to resolve their business optimization challenges, helping them rapidly harness and leverage data, systems and processes to gain competitive advantage.

With offices in the US and UK, d-Wise offers product, service and consulting solutions that help clients implement robust, reliable, and compliant data infrastructures that are optimized for analytics and decision support. d-Wise has over a decade of experience tailoring data warehousing and standards solutions to meet the foundational data needs of their clients. Within the healthcare arena, d-Wise works with organizations to help them develop an analytic vision, and integrate and streamline data operations for rapid deployment of visual intelligence solutions and advanced analytic models. d-Wise is well known for their expertise and capability in implementing advanced analytic solutions that improve operations, lower costs, improve health outcomes quality and facilitate executive decision making. The company's broad range of experience includes data optimization for actuarial, quality, medical-management, and operational functions, as well as support for IT and data organizations looking to implement best practices.

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